If you’re looking for a hardcore 2D hack-and-slash platformer that will challenge you, force you into frustration, and make you reevaluate your life as a gamer, then be sure to check out Ternox and Victory Road’s retro-themed title Taimumari: Complete Edition for the Nintendo Switch.
The game is currently available over on the Nintendo eShop for £11.99. The game features a young female wizard who goes on a quest to restore balance in time throughout the whole world. That’s literally the plot description for the game.
The actual gameplay itself is like a fast-paced, run-and-slash platformer, almost like a mix between the old 8-bit Super Mario games, Super Meat Boy, and X-Kaliber 2097, all wrapped in a chibi-moe art-style. You’ll have to challenge a number of bosses across the game’s multiple worlds, and either discover what led them to the dark side or fight and kill them.
You can check out the gameplay trailer for Taimumari: Complete Edition below.
There’s definitely a charming Japanese aesthetic to the art design, but the gameplay is far from happy-go-lucky. Some of those platform challenges look like they will give you a headache and make you throw your $80 Joy-Cons at the wall.
However, there is a caveat to help make the transition of getting from one level to the next a heck of a lot easier for you: time and space control.
You might notice that throughout the trailer the wizard Himari will fall into a pit and then rewind back and clear the jump.
I’m not sure how much of the rewind mechanic can be abused to overcome the obstacles, but given how ridiculous some of those segments were, I doubt you could abuse the feature too much.
Anyway, while Sony is busy collecting far-sniffing titles and smelly lesbian murder-simulators, the Nintendo Switch is building up a library of fan-service heavy games, challenging platformers, and original titles that are actually fun to play. Plus they don’t have a censorship policy in place like Sony.
So if you want to play real games on a real console, feel free to check out Taimumari: Complete Edition via the regional Nintendo eShop.